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Elk and Beaver Lake land ownership records

Series consists of an inventory of City-owned waterworks land detailing the area, district, sections, title, description, and purchase of each parcel of land. Includes an 1873 arbitration award granted to William Curtis Ward pertaining to his ownership of land in the area.

Victoria (B.C.). Water Works Department

Police Department scrapbook

Series consists of a photocopied scrapbook of news clippings pertaining to the Victoria Police Department.

Victoria (B.C.). Victoria Police Department

Water Works data and reports

Series consists of data and reports compiled for the Water Committee, including a variety of reports with plans on electrolysis damage.

Victoria (B.C.). Water Commissioner

Milk Inspector's records

Series consists of butterfat tests book (1939-1949), bacteriological tests book (1947-1950), and a copy of "Testing milk and its products" signed by Tomas Lancaster, City Sanitary Inspector.

Victoria (B.C.). Board of Health

Capital Region Planning Board of British Columbia operational files

Series consists of records created as a result of the City of Victoria's participation in the Capital Region Planning Board.

This board was constituted in 1951 under Provincial legislation and served as an advisory board for regional planning until its functions were taken over by the Capital Regional District in the late 1960s.

The records include correspondence, memoranda, and reports pertaining to City planning, historical buildings, transportation, statistics, urban renewal, subdivisions and urban sprawl, street numbers and names, and parks.

Capital Region Planning Board of British Columbia

Construction permits and demolition reports

Series consists of monthly reports submitted by the Engineering Department to the Dominion Bureau of Statistics.

The information provided includes (where appropriate) name of building owner or applicant, location, type of use, kind of work to be done, value of construction, and number of new dwellings created.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Local improvement initiatives

Series consists of bylaws, notices to residents, correspondence, newspaper advertisements, and reports from the City Engineer and City Assessor regarding proposed local improvements such as sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and crossings.

All that remains of this series are the files for streets in the F-G alphabetical range. Specific streets included are Foul Bay, Frances, Gamma and Delta, Garden, Gladstone, Glasgow, and Gonzales

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Miscellaneous City Council files

Series consists of correspondence, declarations, petitions, briefs, and certificates relating to Council business that were either orphaned from their original filing systems or retained by the Clerk because they did not fit within the regular series of Council records.

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

Convention Centre Committee records

Series consists of correspondence, reports, memoranda, and plans of this special committee of Council, which was created to investigate the feasibility of a new convention centre.

Victoria (B.C.). Convention Centre Committee

Traffic and Transportation Committee records

Series consists of minutes, agendas, correspondence, and reports of this special committee of Council, which was created to investigate traffic and transportation issues and provide recommendations for changes to Council through its Group "B" Committee.

Victoria (B.C.). Traffic and Transportation Committee

Traffic Subcommittee records

Series consists of minutes, correspondence, and reports of this subcommittee of Council's Group "B" Committee, which was created to investigate traffic and transportation issues and provide recommendations for changes to Council.

Victoria (B.C.). Traffic Subcommittee

Water Works day book

Series consists of a daily journal of activities of a Water Works official.

Victoria (B.C.). Water Works Department

Land Registry Office application books

Series consists of a journal of applications by the City for certificates of title from the Land Registry Office.

Provides information on the date of the application, the vendor, a description of the parcel of land, the nature of the deed, the application number, and the date the certificate of title was received.

Victoria (B.C.). City Solicitor's Office

Sewer easement records

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, and agreements pertaining to sewer easements sought by the City.

This fragment of the original series comprises files 72-75.

Victoria (B.C.). City Solicitor's Office

Board of Supervisors minutes

Series consists of the minutes of the Board of Supervisors, which was constituted under bylaw 1301 (Building Bylaw, 1912), section 2, to hear appeals of decisions by building inspectors against proposed buildings.

Victoria (B.C.). Board of Supervisors

Site plans of Methodist churches

Series consists of original linen and blueprint plans of various Victoria Methodist churches, as surveyed by the Engineering and Surveys Division.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Sanitary Inspector's Chinatown files

Series includes plans of Chinatown consistent with, but somewhat earlier than, the corresponding sheets in the 1903-1909 set of fire insurance plans (F0006). The plans provide lot numbers as well as street addresses and descriptions of building use. Also included are photographs of the interior and exterior of buildings on Store and Fisgard Streets.

Victoria (B.C.). Sanitary Inspector's Office

Building inspection photographs

Series consists primarily of photographs of various homes and buildings around the City, including 1144 Queens with various running and non-running automobiles in the yard.

Victoria (B.C.). Building Inspector's Department

Road tax receipts

Series consists of receipts issued for payment of yearly road taxes (one item only).

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Development proposals

Series consists of proposal with plan and photograph of a model for a space-needle-like tower called Skydeck.

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Trade license assessment roll

Series consists of a list of trade license holders, used to record the amount of taxes that anyone operating a business (e.g. real estate agents, laundry operators, doctors, hack drivers) was required to pay to the City semi-annually. The roll records the names of trade license holders, their occupation or business, amount of tax paid, number of receipt, date paid, and notes.

Although by-laws 620 and 624, passed on 14 July 1909 and 2 August 1909 respectively, deal specifically with trade licenses, revenue bylaws beginning in 1866 dealt with raising money by taxation of businesses; schedules attached to these bylaws give the amounts that different types of businesses were required to pay. For the general bylaw closest in time to these records, see bylaw 321 (The Revenue Bylaw, 1900).

Trade licenses were the responsibility of the City Collector.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Ross Bay Cemetery block books

Series consists of records of ownership and usage of burial plots in Ross Bay Cemetery.

There are five volumes in this series. Each volume contains the following data elements: block, folio, road, plot, name and remarks. The folio number refers to the page on which the name appears in the plot books (CRS 311), the name section shows what person is interred in each grave, and the remarks section contains notes on the transfer of plots, reserve plots, exhumations, re-interments, and depths.

The organization of the volumes reflects the layout of the cemetery, a grid system that uses alphanumeric designations for the blocks, roads, direction, and plots.

The first volume, dated 1873 to ca. 1907, covers blocks A through M (not always in order). The other four volumes contain the same information as the earlier book, but have been updated. Volumes 2 and 3 contains blocks A through R. Volume 4 includes blocks S through W as well as additions to blocks Q and N and Sections 1 and 2, which were new areas of the Cemetery opened up around the time of the first World War. Volume 5 has the addition of sections 3 and 4, which were new areas of the Cemetery, opened up in the 1920s. Volumes 3 and 5 are a set.

The blocks were owned by either a church or the City. For example, blocks A, B, and F where owned by the Episcopal Church, block C and D by the Catholic Church, blocks E, F, K, L, and M by the City, block G by the Wesleyan Church, and block H by the Presbyterian Church

Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

Ross Bay Cemetery burial permits

Series consists of the City’s copy of burial permits.

Each permit originally consisted of three parts: the City copy, the family copy, and a receipt. Each permit is numbered and captures the following information: name, age, where born, where died, date of death, day and hour of burial, officiating clergy, block, plot and road, undertaker, reserve plots, and fees.

The earliest permits are contained in bound volumes and date from December 1886 to October 1915. In October 1915 the system was changed to a three-part carbon-copy form. And the data collected changed slightly to include cause of death, re-opening, interment, exhumation, and total cost.

Other forms related to the burial may be attached to the burial permit, such as Order for Interment of Body, Medical Certificate of Death, Warrant to Bury After a View, Certificate of Cremation, and other forms and correspondence related to the transportation of remains.

Previous record keeping practices included licences for plots and perpetual maintenance contracts in the burial permitting system. While these records use the same numbering as the burial permits, they are distinct records series with their own access restrictions (see below).

Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

Quotation record book

Series consists of a record of quotations received for materials considered for purchase by the City.

Does not include actual prices and suppliers, but rather consists of an index to such documents (see CR-0183, Tenders and quotations and CR-0246, Specifications). Describes the quotation number, date, department, and description of material. Includes an alphabetical list of suppliers ca. 1951-1956.

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

Tax sale redemption receipts

Series consists of receipts issued upon the redemption of properties scheduled for tax sale by the payment of back taxes owed to the City.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Supplementary tax roll

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, copies of cheques, cheque requisitions, journal vouchers, journal entries, and supplementary roll changes used to document revisions to the assessment roll and any additional taxes or refunds due property owners.

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Centennial scrapbook

Series consists of a 41 cm x 51 cm volume of clippings and photographs pertaining to 1967 Canadian centennial activities in Greater Victoria, entitled "Central Saanich, Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich, City of Victoria Centennial Scrapbook". Also includes a number of loose photographs maintained for reference or mounting in scrapbook.

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Budget estimates

Series consists of bylaws pertaining to estimated revenue and expenditures. Includes bylaws regarding taxes and rates on land and property, boulevards, street lighting, and other matters, as well as votes of funds for departmental and other expenditures.

Victoria (B.C.). Comptroller's Office

Budget estimates working papers

Series consists of records created in the process of estimating annual revenue and expenditures, as published in the bylaws comprising CR-0243 (budget estimates). Includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, and spreadsheets.
There is a gap in this series for 1950.

Victoria (B.C.). Comptroller's Office

Supplies used by City departments

Series consists of lists, reports, and notes describing the amount of various items used by City departments each year, such as coal, gasoline, oil, and milk. Also includes descriptions of other purchases such as cars and trucks and cluster lamps.

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

Specifications for goods and services supplied to the City

Series consists of specifications required for equipment, supplies, and services considered for purchase by the City. Also includes Finance Department sample forms. Most specifications indicate the tender number, providing cross references to CR-0236 (Quotation record book) and CR-0183 (Tenders and quotations).

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

Printing purchases journal

Series consists of a journal describing details of printing services and supplies purchased by the City.

Each entry describes the supplier, details of the service or product, and the cost.

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

Vehicle purchases journal

Series consists of a journal describing details of cars and trucks purchased by the City.

Also describes, under "miscellaneous equipment," purchases of such things as cash registers, air conditioners, washing machines, lawn mowers, and other machinery.

Each entry describes the supplier, details of the product, and the cost.

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

Monthly suppliers list

Series consists of a monthly listing of vendors supplying the following products to the City: hardware, lumber, paint, leather goods, stationary, ship chandlery, electrical, groceries, meat, butter, sand and gravel, gasoline, and auto tires.

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

Purchasing Department monthly reports

Series consists of monthly reports pertaining to the purchase of goods and services.

The reports include aggregate figures regarding requisitions received, purchase orders issued, store accounts issued, invoices passed, and cash discounts taken, as well as notes and working papers used to calculate the reported figures.

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

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